When Shanks entered the Battle of Marineford, it was to end it. All he used was a single sword to stop Akainu (considered as the strongest in the marines now) from killing Coby.

Shanks stopping akainu

Mihawk left the battlefield saying that he had only agreed to fight Whitebeard. So is this just a normal reason for him to leave or was he scared that he would have lost to Shanks? Because, in the war Mihawk fought with other pirates except for Whitebeard so it seems a bit contradictory to what he said while leaving.

Mihwak's reason while leaving

Then there was a scene where he actually tracks down Shanks just to inform him about Luffy's first bounty. Is there any particular reason behind this?

Mihawk with the news of Luffy's bounty

Also, does Mihawk has some relation with Shanks or is he scared of him?

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    Akainu to Ace: My Magma is stronger than your Fire. Shanks to Akainu: BP! My sword is stronger than your Magma. ;-)
    – Masked Man
    Nov 6, 2013 at 9:57
  • Haha Thats what! If Akainu is the strongest amongst the marines (and has the Haoshoku no haki) and then also Shanks handled it so easily!. If mihwak has not been shown with it then definitely he is not as strong as akainu. So its possible that Shanks is way stronger than Mihawk! Nov 6, 2013 at 10:05
  • Mihawk is not scared of him. They are friends.
    – user3679
    Feb 10, 2014 at 16:15
  • Mihawk is stronger than Shanks. If he were not shanks would hold the title of world's greatest swordsman.
    – user4975
    May 22, 2014 at 6:26

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If you look at the wiki page of Mihawk

Dracule Mihawk is a member of the Shichibukai and the first one to be revealed. He is also the current holder of the title, "Greatest Swordsman in the World.

This should answer the title question.

As for the relationship with Shanks (it is listed under the Friends list),

In the past, Mihawk was a rival to one of the most powerful pirates in One Piece, Shanks. However, Mihawk lost interest in him after Shanks lost his left arm. He retains a neutral, though somewhat friendly relationship with Shanks, and is able to track him down if the need arises. He and Shanks do manage to get along, regardless of the fact that the two are opposites in personalities. Shanks is also able to get Mihawk to join in when he threw a party to celebrate Luffy's coming, even when moments beforehand Mihawk had scorned how laid-back Shanks was.

Mihawk even mused out an apology to Shanks during the battle at Marineford, where he declares that he will not be holding anything back against Luffy right before going after him. When Shanks showed up during the Whitebeard War, Mihawk left the battle, stating that battling Shanks was beyond the scope of the World Government's agreement.

So its not that he's really scared of Shanks, but just that he relishes the Frenemy kind-of relationship with him, and that's why moves out of the battle, when Shanks enters the scene.

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    Lovely answer, but I'd like to add a link to this article on the OP Fan Page : opfanpage.com/2019/01/16/… . While not a good source in itself, it is citing the Vivre Card Databook (which is official) and I agree with the reasoning of the author. Tl;dr - Mihawk is yonkou level for certain and may be stronger too when it comes to swordplay. Jan 17, 2019 at 14:03

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